Issue 4

Quarterly Roundup

* George Washington University
* African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Kampala Uganda
* General Nursing Capacity Building Project - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Between July and September, ClASS teams visited three programs.  George Washington University and the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) serve as the US and African based Coordinating Centers for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).  Another review team visited Addis Ababa where the General Nursing Capacity Building Project and the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) program office were assessed. No assessments were conducted during the October – December 2013. Read more about MEPI and NEPI programs here:



Update your consultant profiles

We have received constructive feedback from programs undergoing ClASS reviews. They are visiting the ClASS site and using the consultant database to familiarize themselves with reviewers they will be meeting. We at I-TECH know we have an outstanding cadre of trained reviewers. Please help us ensure that your profile demonstrates that to a broader audience.  At a minimum, please make sure that your name, credentials, and bio are up-to-date, photos are greatly appreciated.


Revisions to the ClASS Administrative and Clinical Modules

Over the past year and a half, the ClASS team has been working with our HRSA global partner on revising the ClASS modules to reflect international standards and best practices related to the identified competencies in each module. The goal is to provide both the reviewer and those being reviewed with the context, authority, and general agreement with which standards and/or best practice can be promoted.  Read more about the module specific changes below.
Clinical Module Revisions
The updated WHO clinical guidelines (revised and published in April 2013) were reviewed and cited within the module next to each related clinical competency. For example, one ClASS clinical competency is “TB prevention interventions are prioritized”. That standard is cited in the WHO Integrated Management of Adolescent Illness (IMAI) Manual in Volume 1, Section 6.12 and Volume 2, Chapter 14.  These citations serve as a resource to the program, and can be useful to the reviewer in explaining areas for improvement.  The new module is currently undergoing final approval and will be posted to in early 2014.  
Administrative Module Revisions 
Competencies are now matched with international standards and best practices published by the World Association of NGOs (WANGO), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as well as citations within the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) related to administrative best practices. In addition to these changes, the Administrative module has been updated with new competencies related to governance and leadership and management issues as well as a strengthened section on grants management practices.
In 2014, the ClASS team will be presenting a webinar on changes to the Administrative Module.  If you’re an administrative reviewer, we will be in touch with more details in the New Year.


January - March 2014
I-TECH HQ, Seattle

New Report Guidelines

The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau now requires final reports be filed within 30-35 days of a grantee visit.  For ClASS consultants, I-TECH and HRSA will provide additional guidance on this new requirement in advance of assessment visits.  I-TECH and HRSA are also working to streamline the ClASS report format and include Bureau requirements.